British financial tech company Icon Solutions secures JPMorgan backing

Naomi Ackerman
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More than a quarter of UK firms say they have cut staff, according to new figures: AFP via Getty Images
More than a quarter of UK firms say they have cut staff, according to new figures: AFP via Getty Images

JPMorgan Chase has said it is to back a British tech company that supports banks in overhauling their digital payments systems.

UK-based Icon Solutions, whose clients include HSBC, Citigroup and Wells Fargo, told Reuters it is to use the undisclosed strategic investment to grow its business and expand further internationally.

The move comes as banks attempt to digitise further to save cash, and digital payment volumes soar around the world - in part due to pandemic-induced remote working pushing more internal business functions and commerce online.

Simon Wilson, Icon Solutions co-head of global payments solutions, said: "The banks are having to find ways of cutting costs, but with the competition out there they can’t afford to just slash and burn."

"They are forced to look at innovative ways to do things. It’s simply not sustainable to remain on the cost base with the old technology they have," he said.

Icon Solutions was founded 10 years ago in London.

Following the investment, the companies said Sara Castelhano, JPMorgan's Europe, Middle East and Africa head of payments, digital and solutions will join the tech company's board of advisors.

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